Arizona Coyotes (12-10-4) at Minnesota Wild (15-8-1)
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 12, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -165 / Arizona Coyotes +145 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Arizona Coyotes and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Friday night.
The Arizona Coyotes come into this one looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche last time out. Conor Garland leads the Coyotes In scoring with 22 points coming on 8 goals and 14 assists while Clayton Keller is one assist behind with 21 points including 8 goals and 13 assists. Jakob Chychrun has 19 points with 7 goals and 12 apples while Phil Kessel and Christian Dvorak each have 17 points with Kessel logging 8 goals and 9 assists while Dvorak flipped the stats with 9 goals and 8 assists. Nick Schmaltz has 16 points with 7 goals and 9 assists while Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Joel Oesterle each have 11 points with a combined 21 assists between the two. Darcy Kuemper has seen the bulk of the starts in goal for Arizona, picking up 7 wins with a 2.41 GAA in 18 appearances this season.
The Minnesota Wild will look to build on their 4-3 win over Vegas last time out. Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring with 20 points including 7 goals and 13 assists while Joel Greenway has 19 points with a team-high 14 assists. Marcus Foligno has 16 points with 7 goals and 9 assists while Joel Eriksson Ek has 15 points with a team-high 10 goals this season. Mats Zuccarello has 14 points with 10 assists while Jonas Brodin has 12 points with 4 goals and 8 assists. Kevin Fiala has 11 points with 8 goals and Zach Parise and Victor Rask each have 10 points this season. Kaapo Kahkonen has made 15 appearances for Minnesota, going 11-4 with a shutout and a 2.19 GAA while Cam Talbot’s made 10 starts with 4 wins.
Arizona is 8-20 in their last 28 games as a road underdog and 2-8 in their last 10 Friday games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Minnesota is 5-0 in their last 5 home games and 9-3 in their last 12 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. Arizona is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
It’s something that I’ve said all season long but the Coyotes and Wild are two defensive minded teams and while it may point to having a firm grasp on the obvious, but two defensive minded teams? Look for the under here. These are two teams that play a physical style and aren’t usually involved in a ton of high-scoring offensive explosions and I expect that to be no different here. Give me the under.